Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Applying Chart Styles
For most chart elements, the following sections are available from the Fill & Line icon:
■ Fill. You can choose No Fill, Solid Fill, Gradient Fill, Picture or Texture Fill, Pattern
Fill, or Automatic. When you select Automatic, the color changes to contrast with
the background color speciﬁ ed by the theme.
■ Border. You can choose No Line, Solid Line, Gradient Line, or Automatic. When you
select Automatic, the color changes to contrast with the background color speciﬁ ed
by the theme. You can also set a width, a compound type (that is, a line made up of
multiple lines), and a dash type.
Most chart elements include these choices with the Effects icon:
■ Shadow. You can apply a preset shadow in any color you want, or you can ﬁ ne-tune
the shadow in terms of transparency, size, angle, and so on. You might need to
apply a ﬁ ll to the box in order for the shadow to appear. This shadow is for the text
box, not for the text within it; use the Font group on the Home tab to apply the
text shadow, or use the shadows available for WordArt.
■ Glow. These options add a colored halo effect around the element. You can choose a
preset or select a color, size, and amount of transparency yourself.
■ Soft Edges. These options blur the edges of the element. You can choose a preset or
specify a precise size of the soft edge.
■ 3-D Format. You can deﬁ ne 3-D settings for the text box, such as Bevel, Depth,
Contour, and Surface.
Depending on the chart element selected, the third icon may be Size & Properties, as in
Figure 12.33, or something else. For example, for legends, it is Legend Options. Some ele-
ments may even have a fourth icon. For example, for data labels, there is both a Size &
Position icon and a Label Options icon. If the selected element has a Size & Position icon,
you can use its controls to set vertical and horizontal alignment, angle, and text direction
as well as control AutoFit settings for some types of text.
Alignment is usually not relevant in a short label or title text box. The text box is usually exactly the right size to hold
the text, and so there is no other way for the text to be aligned. Therefore, no matter what alignment you choose, the
text looks very much the same.
From the Home tab or the mini toolbar, you can also choose all of the text effects that you
learned about earlier in this topic, such as font, size, font style, underline, color, align-
ment, and so on.
Applying Chart Styles
Chart styles are presets that you can apply to charts in order to add colors, backgrounds,
and ﬁ ll styles. The Chart Styles gallery, shown in Figure 12.35, is located on the Chart Tools